Earning Your High School Diploma - South Carolina

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With increased population come increased educational responsibilities. South Carolina is prepared to educate this generation's high school students and prepare them for enriching careers.
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According to the National Education Association (www.nea.org), more South Carolina students are getting high scores on the SAT exams. The number of high Verbal SAT scores has increased 38% since 1994; the number of high Math SAT scores has increased 73% in that same time. (High scores are defined as those of 600 or above).

South Carolina High School Graduation Minimum Requirements

In order for a student to graduate from high school in the state of North Carolina, the Department of Education has established a curriculum as follows:

  • English/Language Arts: 4 credits
  • Mathematics: 4
  • Science: 3
  • U.S. History and Constitution: 1
  • Economics: 0.5
  • U.S. Government: 0.5
  • Other Social Studies: 1
  • Physical Education (or Junior ROTC as a substitute): 1
  • Computer Science (includes keyboarding): 1
  • Foreign Language or Career Education: 1
  • Electives: 7

In addition, students must demonstrate computer literacy before graduation. Each student must also pass the South Carolina Exit Examination prior to graduation.

South Carolina College Admission Requirements

  • 4 or more credits English (emphasis on composition and usage)
  • 2 credits foreign language (both credits must be earned in the same language)
  • 3 credits mathematics (including algebra and geometry)
  • 2 credits laboratory sciences (including biology, physics, or chemistry)
  • 1 credit US or world history
  • 2 credits other social science
  • 1 credit elective
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